Brewery Ommegang and HBO are partnering on a series of beers in support of the critically-acclaimed drama Game of Thrones. Launching in tandem with the season three debut, Iron Throne is the inaugural beer in the series.You'll be even more pleased to know that I've seen a few bottles for sale at Ale Wine & Spirits of Powell. I believe The Andersons General Store near Sawmill also has it. Although I wasn't specifically looking for it, I don't recall seeing it at Weiland's Gourmet Market or Palmer's Beverage Center today.
Iron Throne is a blonde ale at 6.5% ABV and brewed with a robust amount of pils, honey malt, aroma malts and red wheat. Gentle hopping includes Styrian Golding and Hallertau Spalter Select, appropriately noble hops. Spiced with grains of paradise and lemon peel. Hue is a slightly hazy golden amber. Head is full and fluffy. Finish is crisp, backed by a touch of spice and hops. Aroma is a bit grassy with a hint of lemon fruitiness from the lemon peel. Taste is lightly malty, rounded out by honey malt sweetness.
Available in limited quantities in 750ml bottles and 1/6 BBL kegs starting in late March 2013.
I tried the beer on tap at The Winking Lizard Tavern on Bethel Road earlier this week (see picture at left). I can't say that I'd describe as "gently hopped" unless you compare that to a full-on IPA or a similar hoppy style of beer. Compared to Ommegang products like Three Philosophers, Art of Darkness, or Seduction, it's downright bitter. Not unbearably bitter, but it's much hoppier than the Ommegang brews I most familiar with.